|Famous Film(s)||• 2022: The Kashmir Files as Dr Mahesh Kumar
• 2003: Stumble as Director
|Physical Stats & More|
|Debut||• Kannada Film: Bangaravayithu as Shambhu (1976)
• Tamil Film: Uttama Villain as Dr D. S. (Neurosurgeon) (2014)
• Malayalam Film: Solo as Vishnu (2017)
• Telugu FIlm: Saaho as Shinde (2019)
• Web Series: Smoke as Bhau (2018)
Director- Stumble (2003)
|Awards||• 2003: Stumble, which he wrote and directed, won the National Award for Best Film in the English language
• 2003: ‘Pratibha Bhushan’ by the Government of Karnataka for his contribution to culture
• 2011–12: Karnataka Nataka Academy Award for his contribution to English and Kannada language theatre
• 2015: The ‘Pride of Karnataka’ by Bangalore Round Table
• 2015: The ‘Varshada Kannadiga’ in the field of entertainment, conferred by News 18 Kannada
• 2019: Helpmann Award, Australia for Best Actor, Male in the play 'Counting and Cracking', Belvoir St. Theatre, Sydney
|Political Party||Lok Satta Party|
|Date of Birth||Year, 1970|
|Age (as of 2022)||52 Years|
|Birthplace||Bangalore, Karnataka, India|
|Hometown||Bangalore, Karnataka, India|
|School||• Mahila Seva Samaja, Bangalore
• National High School, Bangalore
|College/University||• National College, Bangalore
• University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering, Bangalore
|Educational Qualification(s)||• Elementary education at Mahila Seva Samaja
• Higher school education in National High School Social Village
• Pre-university course at National College, Bangalore
• A degree in mechanical engineering from University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering in 1983 UVCV
|Relationships & More|
• Meghana Belawadi (actress)
• Teju Belawadi (actress)
|Parents||Father- Belavadi Nanjundaiah Narayan (theatre artist and film actor)
Mother- Bhargavi Narayan (theatre artist and film actress)
• Sudha Belawadi (theatre artist)
• Sujata Belawadi (a teacher and yoga exponent)
• Pradeep Belawadi (engineer)
Niece- Samyukta Hornad (theatre artist)
Some Lesser Known Facts About Prakash Belawadi
- Prakash Belawadi is an Indian film and television actor. He is also an acclaimed theatre and media personality. He also works as a teacher and activist. In 2010, he was chosen as a mentor of the BISFF (Bengaluru International Short Film Festival). In 2022, he appeared in the film ‘The Kashmir Files,’ which was based on the exodus and genocide of Kashmiri Pandits in 1990.
- Prakash Belawadi belongs to a family of theatre artists in Bangalore. His father, Belavadi Nanjundaiah Narayan, was a renowned theatre artist from 1929 to 2003 and was popularly known as Makeup Nani. Belavadi Nanjundaiah Narayan appeared in various Kannada films along with working as a make-up artist. Prakash Belawadi’s mother was also a theatre artist, who appeared in various Kannada films.
- In 1976, Prakash Belawadi made his acting debut with the Kannada film Bangaravayithu as Shambhu. Later, he worked in the Hindi movie Madras Cafe as Bala in 2013. In 2016, Prakash Belawadi appeared in the film Airlift as George Kutty. In 2018, he appeared in the film Sanju as a news editor. In 2019, Prakash Belawadi appeared in the film The Tashkent Files as GK Anantha Suresh.
- In 2001, Prakash Belawadi wrote and directed the television serial Garva, which is considered a classic show among the Kannada serials.
- Prakash Belawadi is the founder of an NGO titled ‘Citizens for Bengaluru.’ This organisation works for the welfare of the state citizens. Every year from 22 April to 5 June, Prakash Belawadi campaigns an annual ecology festival named ‘Rotary Avani’ in Bengaluru. This festival aims to create awareness about the environment among the citizens of the state by focusing on the Five Elements – Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Sky and the mutual initiatives of the government, industry, business, and citizens together to improve the urban ecosystem.
- Prakash Belawadi is often invited by various renowned institutions for seminars, conferences, and festivals in India and all across the world as a guest speaker. In 2010, he attended the Beyond Bollywood conference at the Gothenburg International Film Festival. In 2011, the Performing Arts Market conference in Seoul invited Prakash Belawadi as a guest speaker. In 2013, he attended the 50th Theatertreffen – annual theatre festival meet in Berlin, and in 2014, Prakash Belawadi was a guest speaker at the seminar and exhibition ‘Nature – A Good Idea’ at Trollhättan, Sweden. Prakash Belawadi is a faculty member in Sweden, Istanbul, and Turkey universities for film courses.
- In 2010, Prakash Belawadi contested the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) elections as a candidate of the Loksatta Party (LSP) from the Sunkenahalli constituency for Ward No 142 in Bangalore.
- In 2018, Prakash Belawadi made his OTT debut with the web series Smoke in which he appeared as Bhau. In 2020, he was cast in the web series High as Dr Shridhar Roy, and it was streamed on MX Player. In 2021, Prakash Belawadi appeared in the Mumbai Diaries 26/11 web series as Dr Mani Subramaniam, which was streamed on Amazon Prime Video. In 2022, Prakash Belawadi played the role of Krishna Gundu Bala (KGB) in the web series Politician Nograj, and this was a Kannada web series that was streamed on Voot Select.
- Prakash Belawadi is often spotted delivering motivational speeches at various online events and conferences such as TEDx.
- In May 2021, Prakash Belawadi took to his Facebook page and wrote an inflammatory post that pointed to the Muslims as ‘the others,’ and he mentioned that these Muslims were responsible for the post-poll violence in West Bengal. His post also pointed to the 2002 Gujarat Pogrom. Reportedly, Prakash Belawadi’s post supported indirectly Sangh Parivar’s battle against the minorities. The post was shared widely by the Right-wingers and BJP supporters in Karnataka and all across Indian states. In the same year, the government allocated Rs. 1 crore for his theatre show titled ‘Parva,’ which was based on a novel written by Bhairappa. Gauri Lankesh News
- In 2022, Prakash Belawadi appeared in the film ‘The Kashmir Files’ as Dr Mahesh Kumar. Outlook India In a conversation with a media house, Prakash Belawadi stated that he was not aware of the exodus of the Kashmiri Pandits before reading the script of The Kashmir Files film. He said,
I am privileged to be part of ‘The Kashmir Files’. When I was sent the script for reading by Vivek Agnihotri, I was shocked because until then I did not have details of the horrors and exodus of Kashmiri pandits from the state of Jammu and Kashmir in 1990s.”
Prakash Belawadi further added that he was feeling guilty about keeping silent on the exodus of the Kashmiri Pandits issue as he was working as a journalist at that time. Prakash Belawadi said,
I feel mortified, I also feel guilty as I was a journalist at that time and prided myself as someone equipped with the contemporary events, but I see it was not the case. I feel it’s correct for me to apologise to the community for being a part of this indifference for a long period.”